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Restrict certain users on Instagram

Instagram allows you to restrict a user, which is effectively a shadow-ban. Once restricted, their comments can’t be seen by anyone else. The restricted user gets no indication that they’ve been limited, making “restrict” often a better option than “block,” since the latter results in them noticing they can’t see your feed.

Use password security questions properly

For accounts that ask you to set up one or more password reset questions, use private information about yourself that only you would know. Answers that can be found on your social media or facts everyone knows about you can make it easier for someone to guess your password.

Report harassment on Facebook

Not everybody is a good citizen on social media. If you’ve been harassed on Facebook, you have options. You can always block or unfriend users, and if they violate the Community Standards, you should report them, too. Navigate to the objectionable content and select the link that reads “Find Support or Report.”

Don’t post your vacation plans

Limit the information you post on social media—from personal addresses to where going to get lunch. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings—online and in the real world. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, […]

Log off of social media accounts when you’re not using them

Simply closing the Instagram app doesn’t log you out of your profile. So, if you leave a device unattended and without password protection, anyone can reopen your Instagram home page and view your private pictures, messages, etc. When you’re not using a social networking site, make sure you’re properly logged out

Delete old social media profiles

In order to stay protected from cybercriminals, try to leave the smallest digital footprint possible. The size of your digital footprint will depend on your overall internet activity, including how many online profiles you have. Personal pages on legacy sites like Myspace or Friendster typically contain personal data. So if you’re not using those sites […]